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Oil Pipeline Break Spills 176,000 Gallons Into North Dakota Creek

An oil pipeline break released more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a Western North Dakota creek, about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies continue to face off against developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline. True Companies of Casper, Wyo., said that electronic monitoring equipment it uses to detect leaks failed to find the break in its Belle Fourche pipeline. Instead, the leak was discovered by a landowner on Dec. 5, but only after most of the oil flowed into the Ash Coulee Creek near Belfield, N.D. A spokesperson for the company told the ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Safety Record Far Inferior To Others, Regulatory Data Shows

Colonial Pipeline, the owner and operator of a major East Coast pipeline involved in two recent Birmingham-area disasters, has a safety record that is substantially worse than many other pipeline companies in the South, Birmingham’s WBHM reports. The Atlanta-based company, which remains under a federal investigation for a deadly Oct. 31 blast that killed two workers near Helena, Ala., “has a shocking history of what federal regulators call ‘significant incidents,’” WBHM reports, including “gross negligence” that contributed to seven spills releasing 1.45 million gallons of oil in several Southern states. For that offense, Colonial paid $34 million in fines under ... Read More

Oil Industry Brine Spills Destroying North Dakota Prairie Soil and Groundwater

The proliferation of oil wells in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region has been a 21st Century Gold Rush for energy companies, but all the new oil production is taking a toll on the environment in ways previously unforeseen. A recent decline in North Dakota’s oil production due to declining oil prices has allowed environmental experts to assess some of the ways Bakken shale development has damaged the environment, most notably the rich prairie soil and underlying aquifers. One of the biggest threats is the industry’s production of brine, which is churned up with oil in the drilling and extraction process. ... Read More

Fuel Train Derailment Forces Evacuation of Minnesota town

A Union Pacific Railroad train hauling butane and propane gas partially derailed in southern Minnesota Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of the a small town. Approximately a dozen cars of the 146-car fuel train toppled off the tracks for unknown reasons around 5:45 a.m. Two of the cars were laden with liquid propane and butane gas, both highly explosive fuels. It is not known how much of the fuel escaped, but authorities were mainly concerned with a tear in the car containing propane. Concern over the hazard was serious enough to prompt an evacuation of Ellendale, a town of about 700 ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Reopens East Coast Line After Deadly Blast

Colonial Pipeline said it expects it will take several days to restore the fuel delivery supply chain to normal after reopening the underground fuel line that exploded Oct. 31, killing one worker and injuring five others. The pipeline owner said that it reopened the pipeline at 5:45 in the morning Sunday after crews replaced the segment that was destroyed in the blast. The pipeline moves 1.3 million barrels (56.4 million gallons) of refined gasoline from Houston, Texas, to New York City every day, with several distribution points and supply offshoots along the way. It’s considered the largest gas pipeline in ... Read More

Alabama Declares State of Emergency In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Blast

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to a deadly Colonial Pipeline blast that occurred in Shelby County Monday, crippling the East Coast’s major fuel artery. The state of emergency is primarily intended to offset fuel shortages posed by the shuttered pipeline by relaxing federal hours-of-service safety rules that restrict commercial truck drivers’ operating hours. Easing the regulations will expedite surface transportation fuel shipments, allowing commercial truckers to drive longer hours without violating the anti-fatigue rules. In addition to Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency. Other southern states are ... Read More

Environmental Groups Plan Savannah River Oil Spill Lawsuit

Two South Carolina environmental groups have taken preliminary steps to sue a major oil pipeline operator over a 2014 spill that released nearly 400,000 gallons of oil into the Savannah River Basin in the northwest corner of the state. According to The State, the Savannah Riverkeeper and Upstate Forever accuse Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Inc. and subsidiary Plantation Pipeline of having done almost nothing this year to clean up the 18-month-old spill and stop ongoing pollution in the waterways around the spill site. The Southern Environmental Law Center, which is representing the environmental groups, says the streams around the December 2014 ... Read More

Oil Pipeline Breaks At Nation’s Largest Oil Hub In Oklahoma

A major pipeline break in the country’s largest oil hub has released up to 50,000 barrels of crude oil in Cushing, Okla., further stoking fears about aging pipelines, environmental disasters, and disruptions in the nation’s oil supply. Enterprise Products Partners, which co-owns the Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. with partner Enbridge Inc., told the press that the companies cannot say at this point when the pipeline will be operational again. The pipeline break in Cushing, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, released thousands of barrels of crude onto the land and in a retention pond at an Enbridge facility. The ... Read More

Arkansas Landowners Ask Appeals Court To Revive Oil Spill Class Action Against Exxon

Arkansas landowners living along a 70-year-old pipeline that ruptured in March 2013 and flooded the town of Mayflower with crude oil appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., to ask the three-judge panel to revive their complaint against Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. Lawyers for the landowners argue that the case should be reinstated because they can prove that the pipeline is damaging their property and diminishing their ability to enjoy it. The landowners claim that easements say the company is responsible for repairing, replacing, or removing the pipeline, which stretches 850 miles from Illinois to ... Read More

Coast Guard Investigating Mysterious Oil Spill Near San Francisco

An oil spill that appeared earlier this week in San Pablo Bay near San Francisco remains a mystery to U.S. Coast Guard investigators looking for evidence tying it to a nearby refinery or one of the oil delivery ships. Two large sheens of oil spread out over the eastern part of the bay Wednesday morning near the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, but the mystery began the night before when a strong acrid stench sent about 120 people from Vallejo to the emergency room with burning eyes and throats, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. But Coast Guard authorities haven’t been able ... Read More